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OLLI - Earth's Favorite Flip-Flop
Flip-Flops that mold to your feet - premium materials at an affordable price. Fair trade certified!
Heather Shuster
Columbus, United States
$37,487 USD total funds raised
134% funded on April 14, 2017
Overview
Going to the beach this summer has never been this comfortable. Each time you wear a pair of Olli flip-flops the unique blend of natural rubber components creates a comfort seal around the base of your foot. Olli flip-flops are made of premium natural rubber tapped from the finest rubber plantations in Sri Lanka. Natural rubber - unlike synthetic materials - is silky smooth, ultra light, incredibly durable, and molds to the contours of your foot. Each one made by a master artisan in Sri Lanka.

Worn for 200 Days Straight - Still As Comfortable as Day 1.

photo credit: Simply Liv & Co

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Have you ever tried to have a relaxing day at the beach, then within a few hours your feet start to hurt?

You know how it is...

You're with the family trying to spend a nice day at the beach. Between walking back to the car for the twentieth time because the little one forgot their such-and-such and taking a romantic walk with your significant other and the next thing you know your feet hurt.

It's not even halfway through the day and your name brand flip-flops have failed you.

Is that just the way it is? Do we have to expect foot pain when spending the majority of the day in flip-flops?

NO!

That’s exactly why we created Olli.

 

You don't have to worry about such a story with Olli. In fact your story can have a much happier ending.

Olli uses a secret ingredient that completely changes the way your foot enjoys your long days at the beach.

This ingredient can greatly reduce your foot pain on a typical day out. Whether you’re at the beach or just running errands around town.

What is the secret ingredient?

Premium grade natural rubber tapped directly from the finest rubber trees of Sri Lanka.

Why natural rubber?

Well it’s a good question… to be honest I didn’t know much about it either until I started this journey to make the perfect flip-flop.

Here’s what I learned about natural rubber - specifically for footwear - over the past 2 years of developing the world’s best flip-flops...

It’s incredibly durable! I’ve been wearing my flip-flops for the last 200 days straight. Let’s be real I’m not the most delicate person when it comes to how I treat my flip-flops. I’ve taken these bad boys through some pretty rough terrain. Mountain roads? Been there. Sunny beaches? Done it. Errands for the day? Success! These things just don’t give out. The reason? Natural Rubber is incredibly elastic and when mixed with the right balance of other natural ingredients to make the perfect latex compound it becomes super spongy. It’s this sponginess that allows it to maintain it’s structure and remain strong no matter what you throw at it.

photo credit: Leotie Lovely, @flaco_d_oro / Shane Woodward 

It’s super light-weight and freaking soft! Natural rubber has a silky smooth texture. The only thing I can think to describe it is silk. The stuff just feels like silk. Believe it or not, it actually looks like a perfect satin milk when it comes out of the tree. That definitely translates to more comfort on your foot. Between the cloud-like softness and the fact that they literally feel like they weigh nothing I often forget that I’m even wearing anything.

It automatically molds to your foot. This was an amazing discovery! We had been playing around with different natural rubber compounds that mixed the right amount of comfort and firmness to get through everyday life adventures. I knew we had it perfect when the flip-flops were molding to my feet but still able to provide enough support to wear constantly. This is due to the fact that we use a solid half inch of our special premium natural rubber compound recipe. This provides some really cool extra added benefits…

  • You get support exactly where your foot needs it! Because the natural rubber is conforming to the unique curves of your foot each flip-flop provides support exactly where your foot needs it most. This is no one size fits all. You could say natural rubber has built-in smart technology that just knows your foot’s needs.
  • No more irritation between your toes. Raise your hand if you’ve ever worn a pair of flip-flops that irritated your toes in the area where the thong stretched between your big toe and your index toe? Go ahead I’ll wait. You can raise your hand. I learned - by the way - that part is called the “toe plug”. Get this, because our natural rubber compound provides just the right amount of soft conformity the toe plug actually molds into the shape between your toes. Which means there is no unnecessary rubbing. It’s the only way I could have worn them 200 days straight without losing all my skin!

photo credit: Konscious Whispers

It’s only harvested in special climates. Believe me when I say, “this stuff was not easy to find.” Natural rubber just doesn’t grow everywhere. We had to go to great lengths to obtain it. Actually, we even went one step further than most that use rubber - we only use fair trade natural rubber. It took over 2 years even to just get all the suppliers in place but because of all this hard work up front we are confident that this is THE best material to create flip-flops.

photo credit: Leotie Lovely, @flaco_d_oro / Shane Woodward 

Your foot doesn’t stand a chance at the beach all day, out with the kids on a Saturday, or through any other of life's daily toils without being supported by the finest quality materials.

With the natural rubber from Sri Lanka’s finest rubber plantations we’ve worked with master artisans and rubber tappers to create the OLLI.

But we didn't stop there.

This story doesn’t end with the highest quality materials in any flip-flop... ever!

Because, as I set out to find natural rubber to add to the perfect flip-flop I found myself in the countryside of India and the backwoods of Sri Lanka at rubber plantations. It was deep in these plantations the exploitative nature of the rubber industry became very clear.

You wouldn’t believe the despair just to get a bucket of raw rubber.

Workers living in the most despicable conditions, getting paid outrageously meager wages, and treated like the lowest of low.

This reality is far worse than the harshness of bad chemicals or uncomfortable overpriced flip-flops.

I wanted no part in this.

So I set out to find rubber harvested on fair terms, rubber that cared for it’s people at every step of the process.

That’s when the full idea for the perfect flip-flop was born.

That's when Olli was born.

photo credit: Simply Liv & Co

Thus began my journey to find natural FAIR TRADE rubber.

Olli flip-flops would not only be better for the environment, but better for those involved in production.

I joined the Fair Rubber Association, which means Olli only purchases rubber from audited plantations that maintain Fair Trade standards that include safe working conditions, medical care, and a fair wage. We pay a premium for our rubber which goes directly to the rubber tappers.

A rubber worker cutting natural sheets of Olli rubber

Like I said before, I’ve literally been wearing my Olli perfect flip-flops almost every day for the past 6 months - with the exception of the unforgiving Ohio winter; frostbite doesn’t need to be a part of this story.

At first I was wearing them everyday just to test the true durability and then after about 3 months of non-stop wear they became an extension of my foot.

Now the time has come to present to you the Olli perfect flip-flop; fit for - almost - every occasion.

photo credit: Simply Liv & Co 

photo credit: Tara Teng

photo credit: Tara Teng

OLLI Special Indiegogo Packages

Get your pair of Olli flip-flops while the price is special. See the reward levels below and choose your reward on the right... 

  

Every purchase changes a life. 

When you buy an Olli perfect flip-flop you’re buying more than just a flip-flop. You’re directly impacting the livelihood of the person that made the flip-flop.

Like Sudhan.

Sudhan is able to retire with an extra retirement fund provided by the monies directly provided by the Fair Rubber Association. Money directly related to the production of the Olli flip-flops.

It’s not just an extra retirement fund that Sudhan is receiving. He also gets his very own rubber tree - to own for himself! This will provide him with an extra source of ongoing income as he is able to sell what he taps from the rubber tree, for profit.

Rubber tappers like Sudhan are receiving similar generosities because of the consumers who buy fair trade rubber. Because of you!

Other rubber tappers have received university scholarships, rebuilt schools for their children, infrastructure projects for deeply outdated villages, clean water wells, and much much more.

You are making all of this possible.

And we’re excited to partner with you to make it a reality.

But listen... we're not just wingin' it!

For the better part of two years we’ve been on the search to pinpoint quality and reliable partners to complete our natural rubber perfect flip-flop. Not only do we have the “making” part down to a science, we also assembled “shipping and logistics” partners that we’ve rigorously tested with numerous sample runs. With our supply chain tested and complete the only missing element to the chain is YOU. Here is the timeline you can count on to deliver your Olli perfect flip-flop to your feet.

Let’s Change Flip-Flops Together 

And, while we’re at it, why not change the world together?! 

With less than the cost for a replacement charger to your iPhone - that you’ve lost for the countless time - you can help bring the first natural rubber flip-flop to life! The truth is, without you Olli can’t exist and we can’t champion the cause for fair trade across the rubber industry and hopefully across ALL industries in the near future. Let’s make brand consciousness a norm across fashion. Buy yourself a pair of extremely comfortable and simply stylish Olli perfect flip-flops.

“For 8 days I lived in these shoes, escorting me on shopping trips, beach dates, and even an afternoon spent strolling on a boardwalk spotting manatees.

The first thing I noticed was how much softer they felt than my other flip-flops.  Also, they were much more flexible and comfortable.  After wearing them for several hours I didn’t feel the fatigue in my feet that I usually get while wearing flip-flops.  I also didn’t experience the chaffing I usually do when breaking in a new pair of sandals.  It was like they were instantly broken in. Even while hiking on the boardwalk, which I typically wouldn’t do in flip-flops, I felt no discomfort.” - Natasha McKenty - Trybelle Magazine

OLLI for ALL

We know you’re not alone. There is someone you know that wants to know about Earth’s favorite flip-flop. 

Share our Fair Trade natural rubber perfect flip-flops with your friends using our share links here:

Risks and Challenges

We're excited to launch Olli, Earth’s favorite flip-flop. It's unique design is simple yet highly important. It's far more than a concept or idea, it's already a production ready flip-flop.
We have preliminary agreements in place with our manufacturers and logistic companies. But there still might be a risk of delay due to unforeseen circumstances, since challenges tend to arise during production. But we're prepared to tackle these challenges, having teamed up with product developers with decades of experience in the field.
Our mission with Olli is to make fair trade a standard with fashion brands the world over while still providing the highest quality products in the world. And we won't rest until Olli is between your toes!

 

 

Perks
$40
USD
+ Shipping
2 Pairs - Indiegogo Price
31% OFF Retail! In this perk you get 2 Pairs of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop (2)
217 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
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SOLD OUT
$20
USD
+ Shipping
$29 (31% Off)
Late Early Bird
In this perk you get 1 Pair of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color.* Sometimes you're late to the beach, but there's still enough time to soak up some sun. Sun = 31% OFF Retail! *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop
65 out of 65 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$23
USD
+ Shipping
Indiegogo Special Price
21% OFF Retail! In this perk you get 1 Pair of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop
199 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$54
USD
+ Shipping
3 Pairs - Indiegogo Price
37% OFF Retail In this perk you get 3 Pairs of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop (3)
34 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$64
USD
+ Shipping
4 Pairs - Indiegogo Price
45% OFF Retail In this perk you get 4 Pairs of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop (4)
18 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$70
USD
+ Shipping
5 Pairs - Indiegogo Price
52% OFF Retail In this perk you get 5 Pairs of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop (5)
29 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
Overview
Going to the beach this summer has never been this comfortable. Each time you wear a pair of Olli flip-flops the unique blend of natural rubber components creates a comfort seal around the base of your foot. Olli flip-flops are made of premium natural rubber tapped from the finest rubber plantations in Sri Lanka. Natural rubber - unlike synthetic materials - is silky smooth, ultra light, incredibly durable, and molds to the contours of your foot. Each one made by a master artisan in Sri Lanka.
Perks
$40
USD
+ Shipping
2 Pairs - Indiegogo Price
31% OFF Retail! In this perk you get 2 Pairs of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop (2)
217 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$20
USD
+ Shipping
$29 (31% Off)
Late Early Bird
In this perk you get 1 Pair of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color.* Sometimes you're late to the beach, but there's still enough time to soak up some sun. Sun = 31% OFF Retail! *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop
65 out of 65 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$23
USD
+ Shipping
Indiegogo Special Price
21% OFF Retail! In this perk you get 1 Pair of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop
199 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$54
USD
+ Shipping
3 Pairs - Indiegogo Price
37% OFF Retail In this perk you get 3 Pairs of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop (3)
34 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$64
USD
+ Shipping
4 Pairs - Indiegogo Price
45% OFF Retail In this perk you get 4 Pairs of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop (4)
18 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$70
USD
+ Shipping
5 Pairs - Indiegogo Price
52% OFF Retail In this perk you get 5 Pairs of Olli Perfect Natural Rubber Flip-Flops with your choice of color*. *Colors will be chosen at the completion of the campaign. We'll send out a survey to ask you which size and color flip-flops you would like.
Items included:
  • OLLI Natural Rubber Flip-Flop (5)
29 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
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